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Need shrubs, trees or wildflowers for spring? Monroe County can help

The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District has a list of tree and shrub species that it distributes for homeowners looking to add to their yards or property. (SBG file photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Although snow is on the minds of many this week, Monroe County is planning ahead for spring.

The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District has a list of tree and shrub species that it distributes for homeowners looking to add to their yards or property.

More than 40 different species of bare-root conifers, hardwood trees, shrubs, wildflowers and groundcovers, as well as seed mixes and other products, are available through Monroe County.

“By planting trees and shrubs you improve both the aesthetics of your land or backyard and the quality of our environment,” said program coordinator Karen Ervay. “Trees, shrubs and plants help with erosion control, soak up water, help with stormwater runoff and nutrient uptake, as well as improve wildlife habitat,” she explained. They can also assist in keeping your home cool in the summer and break cold winds during our harsh winters all while increasing your property value too!

Homeowners should order by March 2, 2018. Plants will be distributed at the Monroe County Ecopark on April 19-20, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For the last 41 years, the District has run the program. Since 2012, 116,760 trees, shrubs, and plants have been given to homeowners.

To take a look at the order form and catalog, you can visit the District website or call 753-7380.

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